MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E PRO
CPU: Intel i7 860
Video: Sipphire Radeon HD5870
CPU Cooler: Corsir H50 / Thermaltake "Real Silent"
So I had some bad news when I started my PC yesterday. Immediately after I turned it on I smelled smoke and the computer shut itself down. When I tried to turn it on again it shows a CPU error (on board LED indicator) and shuts off again. So I ended up taking out the hardware to find the source of the problem and I saw that a chip above the PCIex 16x slot has a white speck and does not look like the other chips next to it. see this photo.
Here is the chip info (printed on chip):
A little background... My PC was running ok for about six weeks with the Thermaltake air cooler (CPU temp around 35-45 C). So I decided to go with the Corsair H50 enclosed water-cooler. I installed the H50 on Thursday and ran it for about 4-5 hours with no problems (CPU temp 20-35C). I also had it on for 3-4 hours on Friday with no problems. When I went to start my PC on Saturday is when I noticed the problem.
I'm suspecting the H50 is to blame, but it could also be my MOBO. I'm hoping my $430 video card or my $300 cpu wasn't damaged.
Can anyone give me some info on possible causes? Or has anyone had similar experiences with ASUS? Is there a way to check if my CPU or Video card was damaged also?